Frequently Asked Questions

Are Google Docs ADA Compliant? Should we assume that it's the same as PDFs? In other words, we should be using styles when formatting, providing ALT Text for images, etc.?
Correct, Just like PDF’s, Google docs are only as accessible as you make them. All the same rules apply. When you create a document with Google Docs, follow ...
Thu, 11 May, 2017 at 7:55 AM
If we decided we need to have something be a document and not a web page, what is the more preferred format, PDF or Google doc?
First, all ‘documents’ in general are “less preferred” by screen readers and a standardized static web page is always the most compliant option. That said, ...
Wed, 9 Aug, 2017 at 4:05 PM
What are your general suggestions regarding ADA compliant options for presenting the info we have in PDFs?
Recall, PDF’s found their way into the mainstream to maintain the aesthetics of a layout that would otherwise be difficult to produce on a web page. They pr...
Thu, 11 May, 2017 at 8:00 AM
We use social media feeds on our website (Facebook, etc.). Are those sites ADA compliant, and are we liable if they aren’t and we feature their content on our site?
Facebook is not fully ADA compliant, and most websites have yet to be. Find Facebook’s Accessibility information here. While the  Americans with Disabilities...
Thu, 11 May, 2017 at 8:01 AM
Can we link to another site that is not ADA compliant? For example, we use a special site to manage our Board of Education policies. We need this site, but it is not compliant.
Here again, we have heard various responses. Officially, you are supposed to unlink to any sites that are not compliant. We would suggest that you contact y...
Thu, 11 May, 2017 at 8:01 AM
Can an iframe be placed in a web page, and if so, are there guidelines to follow?
Yes, there are no inherent issues with using iframes. The iframe content will be read as part of the page that contains it. If the iframe presents a distinct...
Fri, 17 Nov, 2017 at 10:46 AM
Are the WCAG 2.0 guidelines applicable to all websites or only public school district sites?
WCAG functions independent of the nature of the site. It is simply a way to measure accessibility of any web site. Legal or contractual requirements may var...
Fri, 17 Nov, 2017 at 10:46 AM
Can PDF documents be read by a screen reader?
HTML documents support a much higher level of accessibility and are generally much easier to make accessible and to provide to users than PDF documents, but...
Fri, 17 Nov, 2017 at 10:46 AM
How detailed should we get describing a picture (placed for design) or a headshot of an individual for Image Alt tags?
There are two key words to remember – Content and Function. You want to present the core content of the image and, if it is clickable, what the function is....
Fri, 17 Nov, 2017 at 10:47 AM
Are there any smartphone apps subject to accessibility requirements?
Section 508 applies to Electronic and Information Technology, so this certainly covers mobile apps. The ADA has yet to define technical standards for such t...
Fri, 17 Nov, 2017 at 11:12 AM